By Michael McWhertor on May 28, 2013 05.28.13
The latest Humble Bundle packs seven impressive indie titles — Hotline Miami, Awesomenauts, Dear Esther, Proteus, Capsized, Thomas Was Alone and Little Inferno — into one pay-what-you want package for Windows, Mac and Linux. Humble Indie Bundle 8 also includes six soundtracks, featuring the music of each PC game included in the bundle, save for Hotline Miami. Two of the featured games, Hotline Miami and Proteus, are available only to those who pay more than the average purchase price for the package. Currently, the average is hovering around $5.66. The seven games included in Humble Indie Bundle 8 are cross-platform and DRM-free. As with previous bundles, Humble Bundle purchasers who spend more than $1 for the games will receive Steam keys for each of the games. And, like...
By Emily Gera on May 07, 2013 05.07.13
A new trailer for the cello-based multiplayer title Cello Fortress offers a clearer look at how real-world instrumentation is used to control elements in the game. The game was first officially revealed in January by game designer Joost van Dongen, who is best known as co-founder of Awesomenauts studio Ronimo Games, following a tour of the game at live events. As described in the video, up to four players can compete against a live cellist who uses the instrument to combat his opponents. Slow, high notes played on the cello will activate long-range cannons, slow chords activate homing missiles, dissonant chords activate flame throwers, fast, high notes activate machine guns, while fast chords activate double machine guns. "Special melodies" will obliterate one half of the screen,...
By Emily Gera on Jan 15, 2013 01.15.13
Game designer Joost van Dongen has combined a multiplayer-based twin-stick shooter with real-world instrumentation in a new experimental game called Cello Fortress. The game, which Dongen is currently touring at live events across the Netherlands, requires a cellist to use the real-world instrument to trigger attacks in the game while combating four other players with standard Xbox controllers. The cellist triggers gunfire by playing notes quickly, while low notes activate mines. "Cello Fortress is a really weird and unique game," said van Dongen in a statement. "But for me, it makes a lot of sense: playing cello has been a hobby of mine for ages, and I am a professional game developer. I like to make weird, unique things. How could these ingredients not combine into a game?" Dongen,...
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 12, 2012 12.12.12
Awesomenauts developer Ronimo Games chose today, Dec. 12, 2012, to reveal the MOBA's 12th character: the fearsome tandem of Vinnie and Spike. While Awesomenauts has an '80s pop aesthetic, Vinnie is a gangster straight out of the Roaring Twenties whose voice was provided by YouTube commentator TotalBiscuit. Vinnie rides Spike, a pufferfish that uses its fins to float upward. Spike can also drop smoke bombs to confuse enemies. According to Ronimo, Vinnie and Spike will be available next week. In the meantime, you can check out a trailer starring the new duo above.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 06, 2012 12.06.12
Ronimo Games' multiplayer online battle arena title, Awesomenauts, is now available on Mac OS X in addition to Windows, the studio announced today. According to Ronimo, the Mac version includes all the content the Windows version has, and it will receive the same future updates as the PC version. Awesomenauts also supports multiplayer gaming across PC and Mac. Since it's a controller-friendly game, Awesomenauts is available for $7.49 — 25 percent off — as part of the Steam sale marking the public launch of Big Picture mode. Ronimo created a trailer for the Mac launch featuring the game's '80s-tastic theme song; check it out above. Awesomenauts originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this past May, and became available on Windows PCs in August.